2018 Goals - Week 37 of 52

Some days/weeks/months I just don't feel like checking in to my blog. I started this post ten days ago and haven't touched it since. It's funny how I get ahead and then when the "due date" has come I am not finished and keep putting it off. This problem only happens in my personal life. I am really good at deadlines with my job because HELLO they are paying me! Writing a journal does not pay. This goal update is for the week of 9/9-9/15.

1. Complete 30 days of yoga. COMPLETE! I followed YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene to complete this goal. True 30 day yoga journey. 30/30 I am thinking about doing a second 30 day yoga session. I miss yoga. I wanted to keep up with it and practice once a week but it hasn't happened this year.

2. Read 20 books. 32/20 COMPLETE!
1. MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood
2. Your Money or Your Life - Vicki Robin
3. The Cold Dish (Longmire Mystery series)- Craig Johnson
4. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
5. Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin
6. The Whole30 - Melissa Hartwig
7. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
8. Manhattan Beach - Jennifer Egan
9. Hillbilly Elegy - JD  Vance
10. The Perfect Stranger - Megan Miranda
11. Outliers: A Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
12. The Salt Line - Holly Goddard Jones
13. Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir - Jennifer McGaha
14. Endurance - Scott Kelly
15. Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
16. The Great Alone - Kristen Hannah
17. The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
18. Into the Water - Paula Hawkins
19. The Nightingale - Kristen Hannah
20. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
21. The Year of Less - Cait Flanders
22. Wicked Plants - Amy Stewart
23. Go Set a Watchman - Harper Lee
24. Marry Him - Lori Gottlieb
25. Stories I Only Tell My Friends - Rob Lowe
26. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
27. Beartown - Fredrik Backman
28. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman (LOVED this book!)
29. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
30. Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredik Backman
31. Us Against You - Fredrik Backman
32. Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
Currently reading A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold (I need to finish this book. I usually pick it up and read a few pages at the end of the workday while I wait on the clock.)
Currently reading Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson
Currently listening to The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware (The loan expired and I only had 30 minutes left!!!!!)
Up Next: Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert

3. Visit a National Park. DOUBLE COMPLETE! I visited the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in July. I also visited Glacier National Park in August.

4. Save $2500 for house updates. I need to put $154 into the account every other paycheck (13 times) to make my goal. I really really really wanted to knock this goal off this September but things kept happening and money kept going out the window. We decided to buy a dehumidifier ($300), the animals needed to go to the vet ($400) and I broke my phone and needed to replace it. $2250/$2500

5. Save $1000 towards a new car. I have an automatic draft set up for $50 every month to go into my car savings account. $957/$1000

6. Add 3 chicks to my flock. COMPLETE! I am so happy I added 3 girls to my flock. They are feeding me breakfast everyday! Here's an old picture of the 3 2018 chicks.

7. Cut back my food budget to $325/month ($3900/year).  $2758/$3900 I've lost track. I had $13 in my wallet the other day so I guess I did well but I also remember using my Costco card so probably not.

8. No buying personal clothing and other items other than the following few items. FAILED $552/$300
Even though I failed this goal, I am happy with my purchases. I will still aim to not spend anymore this year on clothing and other personal items. I will still get a few haircuts and replace anything that becomes ruined.

Here are my estimates on the cost of the items I plan on buying in 2018 and what I really spent:
Hiking shoes $90 $73
Running shoes $60  $30
Mascara $10 $5
Bra $30 $68
Undies $20 $19
Haircuts $90 $36 so far
Not planned:
Work pants $0 $20
Summer tops $0 $40
Prana shorts and two tanks $0 $87
Chacos $0 $110 (old pair destroyed)
2 Brooks sports bras and running shorts $0 $64

9. Complete a third round of Whole30. Be active 3 days a week. So I have decided to nix the Whole30 reboot. I am instead going to make a goal of being active at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes or more.

I exceeded my goal this week!
Monday - 33 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes weights at the gym
Tuesday - 30 minute run
Wednesday - 33 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes weights at the gym
Thursday - 30 minute dog walk

10. Have a better, more efficient garden. It has rained all weekend. I am hoping I can get some fall seeds sown this coming weekend.

11. Sell excess produce, honey and eggs at my neighborhood farmers market. This goal isn't happening this year. With losing 3 honey been hives over the winter, only having 3 reliable egg layers and having a crappy summer garden I don't have anything to sell. My neighborhood market has also started charging a vendor fee. I wouldn't have enough product to sell to cover it so it just doesn't make sense. I've thought about having a small stand on the sidewalk but it never happened. Maybe next year!

12. Be a better beekeeper. I strapped down the hives this week to prepare for lots of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence.

13. Finish a craft project. COMPLETE! Let's see if I can do some more.
I darned one sock.
I sewed a bandanna for my pup Ellie. Then I made a second one for my mom's dog.
I patched a hole in a Smartwool sock that Ellie chewed when she was a pup. 
Painted a mirror frame with chalk paint.

Need to do:
We found three chairs for our mix-match dining room. I need to recover all three and paint one.


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